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Ian Rutledge goes to Surrey to investigate a death by garroting, which is followed in rapid succession by two more. With a serial killer on the loose, someone leaving no clues, and the usual politics between Scotland Yard and the local police, this is a satisfying mystery on many levels. And, if one set of killings isn’t enough, his just retired boss Cummins laments the one case he never solved. Can Rutledge help him out on that, too? Rutledge is a character you need to know. His psyche is scarred by WWI and his old comrade Hamish is never far away. Fascinating.
posted Jun 29, 2011 at 4:43PM
I have not read any of the Inspector Rutledge books in the past but after reading this book I plan to start the series from the beginning. I received this book as part of the Early Reviewers program. I loved the character of Rutledge--as well as the description of his torment of his experience in the war. I think that part of the book, especially in light of our current wars, made it most relevant to me. The book finds the Inspector investigating a series of killings in a small Sussex village. In nine days, three men have been garrotted. As interesting as the "mystery" was, the part I found most interesting was Rutledge dealing with the impact of the war on two friends. How war can push men over the edge in so many ways was fascinating. The only thing that I would have changed is the subplot of the Stonehege murder. I don't think that it added anything to the story and was somewhat convoluted. All in all I would highly recommend this book
posted Jul 7, 2011 at 10:25AM
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Shell-shocked; haunted by memories of war; discharged from a psychiatric hospital; fiancee left him; investigating the murder of three men, soldiers who survived World War I.
Scotland Yard inspector